Karen Hope


Karen is an early childhood consultant, associate lecturer and freelance writer who has extensive experience in a broad range of services within the early childhood care and education context.

She established Karen Hope Consulting in 2014 with the aim of providing a disruptive approach to professional development workshops and teaching, This approach aims to challenge dominant discourses and ‘taken for granted’ practices.

Karen’s consultancy practice, teaching and writing is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia project and this is reflected in her work and writing as a point of reference, resource, inspiration and difference.

The delivery of sustainable professional development that results in real change is a key feature of her work.

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Articles by Karen Hope

Six Teachers, Six Songs: The power of music to maintain connection for educators

The COVID-19 pandemic saw Melbourne face some of the most severe lockdown protocols in the world, from which the city is only just beginning to emerge. While there was an initial sense that the whole country was “in this together”, Karen Hope, an early childhood lecturer living in Melbourne, has prepared the following piece for The Sector after coming to the realisation that “while we are all in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.”

7 months

by Karen Hope

A teacher by any other name: exploring professional titles and the value they hold

I spent the month of January in Reggio Emilia, a city located in the Emilia Romagna region in the northern part of Italy. During my visit, the conversations, workshops and early learning centre visits I experienced were shared with me in English by highly skilled interpreters who made great efforts to ensure that visitors understood the complexity and the intent of what is being communicated.

10 months

by Karen Hope

How to choose the right digital documentation platform for your early learning service

Early childhood educators are required to provide rich, meaningful information about learning and development to families, to the community and to each other, that demonstrates a way of articulating and evidencing what they are doing, how they are doing it and what it all means. Part of this information is pedagogical documentation. This type of documentation makes learning and development visible and provides educators with assessment opportunities.

11 months

by Karen Hope

An educators view on guiding pre-service ECTs through the new ‘normal’

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is a classic film from 1985, about a high school kid who decides to take a day off school. It’s always been one of my favourites. At this point in time, as the world finds itself in the most extraordinary of circumstances, many of us have been called on to develop new and different ways of working and staying connected. As I have grappled with some of these particular challenges, one question Ferris asks at the beginning of the film rings through my mind - “How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”.

1 year

by Karen Hope

When fishermen cannot go to sea, they mend their nets: planning for productive workplace closures

As the world finds itself in the most extraordinary of circumstances, preparing to ‘power down’ and self-isolate in an attempt to slow down the rates of COVID-19 infection, many in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector are fearful of what the coming weeks and months may bring, both for themselves as professionals, and for the children in their care.

1 year

by Karen Hope

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